Lipitor Dosage: How
much is too much?
The following are
general recommendations for your Lipitor dosage:
Lipitor should be
taken once a day, with or without food. You can take this cholesterol
medication in the morning or in the evening, but you should always
take it at the same time every day. It will usually begin lowering
cholesterol within two weeks.
If you miss your
You should take
your forgotten Lipitor dosage as soon as you remember. If it's almost
time for next dose you should skip the one you missed and go back your
regular schedule. You should never take two dosages of Lipitor at the
You should always
store this cholesterol medication at room temperature.
You should always
follow a standard cholesterol-lowering diet before starting Lipitor,
and should continue it throughout your medication therapy.
starting dosage for Lipitor is 10mg or 20 mg once a day. (The doctor
may start with 40 mg daily if your LDL levels need to be reduced by
more than 45%.) Your doctor may want to check your cholesterol levels
every two to four weeks and adjusted the dose accordingly. The
maximum recommended daily Lipitor dosage is 80 mg.
Lipitor dosage for
children 10 to 17 years old:
starting dosage for this cholesterol medication is 10 mg once a day.
The dosage may be increased after approximately 4 weeks, up to maximum
of 20 mg a day. Girls must have regular menstrual cycles prior to
starting Lipitor. The safety and effectiveness of using Lipitor in
children under the age of 10 years old or dosages greater than 20 mg a
day has not been adequately studied.
Although there is
not any specific information about Lipitor overdosage, you should
never take medication in excess of the prescribed amount as it may
have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdosage of Lipitor,
you should contact your doctor or emergency medical professionals
information from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs
Additional information and webpage by
Paul Susic M.A. Licensed
Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)